I love when wildlife is as curious about me as I am about them. So why are cardinals red? The color of cardinals plumage depends highly on their diet. Cardinals get carotenoids from the seeds and fruits they eat. These carotenoids accumulate and express the red pigment in the cells responsible for the growth of feathers. The deeper the coloration of red the more carotenoid rich their diet is.
Went to take the dogs out, and we wound up meeting our newest tenant! May I introduce you to Mr. Lil' Dude. I'll let him stay, on account of him eating mosquitos 😉👍😃
I think it's a "Squirrel Tree Frog" judging from the UF Wildlife article that I found here: https://goo.gl/anH3Ey